Promoting our automotive on-line … Are individuals even shopping for automobiles proper now?

Promoting our automotive on-line … Are individuals even shopping for automobiles proper now?

“Good luck, man. No person is shopping for used automobiles proper now. It is best to’ve offered it six months in the past earlier than COVID occurred.”

That is what certainly one of my pals stated to me lately. 😔 And on the time I type of agreed. With most individuals working from house and limiting their travels, I believed we’d have a very tough time eliminating our second automotive.

Fortunately, it turned out simpler than we thought! Simply final Saturday we offered my spouse’s 2013 KIA Soul. Woohoo!

We obtained a fantastic worth – $7,700 (properly, we really feel nice about it) after solely four days promoting it on-line. It was a win/win deal for each us and the great couple who purchased it.

My pal was proper about one factor although … We must always have offered it six months in the past. Really, we should always have offered it two years in the past, the very second we realized we might get by superb with 1 motorized vehicle.

The price of an unused automotive …

I ran the numbers lately and it’s fairly surprising to see what this little Kia was costing us simply sitting there with none use:

  • CA Automobile registration charges: $154/y
  • Automobile Insurance coverage: $475/y
  • Annual parking allow: $34/y
  • Depreciation: $1248 this 12 months**

Complete:  $1,911 for the 12 months … or  $159 per thirty days!

Bear in mind, that is with out even driving it. Driving prices for gasoline/upkeep would have added as much as much more! Vehicles are the worst.

I’m a bit embarrassed to be sharing all this. I sit and kind private finance articles all day, and have been knowingly leaking $159 a month out of my pockets! There’s no excuse. I assume the explanation we saved the automotive for therefore lengthy was as a result of it was totally paid for (a sunken value fallacy), and likewise a mixture of laziness and falsely perceived comfort.

What’s even worse, there’s a giant missed alternative value. For each $1 of destructive fairness sitting in a depreciating automotive, that’s $1 of fairness that’s not serving to construct wealth for our future! 

Oh properly. If one of the best time to promote our automotive was 2 years in the past, the subsequent finest time is correct now!

**I used this automotive depreciation calculator to study what common depreciation would appear to be for a 2013 automotive, price about $8k over a 5 12 months holding interval.

Car depreciation calculator

Car depreciation schedule

Such a cool calculator! But in addition very miserable to learn the way quick your automotive depreciates. It’s a lot worse for costly automobiles πŸ™

Promoting a automotive on-line

I’ve solely offered a number of automobiles on-line in my life. Every time I study one thing new and get just a little bit higher in regards to the course of. My first step was to do a bunch of on-line analysis to search out out one of the best approximate automotive worth. Since our KIA had low mileage for its 12 months (solely 43okay miles – not dangerous for a 2013 mannequin), I knew we had a greater probability of promoting than related automobiles this age.

I checked out Kelley Blue E-book worth first, they usually estimated the automotive’s honest market worth vary for personal sale: $6,673 – $8,190.

Then, I cross checked these numbers with Fb Market, Autotrader, and Craigslist. 2013 Kia Souls have been marketed anyplace between $3000 for a crappy junk automotive all the way in which as much as $9000 for dealership costs.

All in all, my spouse and I made a decision we might checklist it for $8,500 and see what occurs. We might at all times drop the asking worth later if wanted.

BTW do you know Kelley Blue E-book does on the spot CASH Affords now?

I discovered this gorgeous attention-grabbing … KBB now groups up with native dealerships to supply money for used automobiles. In contrast to a trade-in, you don’t want to purchase one other car on the dealership to get this money worth.

After filling out an in depth kind on the positioning, we have been emailed an on the spot money provide money of $5,662. I might take this to a collaborating automotive dealership and do away with it instantly.

Kelly Blue Book Instant offer

This was really fairly tempting. The considered taking it right into a automotive vendor and that afternoon strolling out with money was actually thrilling. However, understanding we might most likely make a number of thousand additional for only a tiny bit extra effort, we determined to do the onerous work and promote it to a personal purchaser.

Images, images, images!

Earlier than pulling out the digicam, I went and obtained the automotive totally washed, waxed, and smelling like new. This value me $69.95 on the native automotive wash – appears their costs have dropped loads on account of no one driving a lot as of late!

Subsequent, I drove over to a close-by car parking zone and snapped images with my iPhone. From every thing I learn on-line about promoting automobiles, all of it comes all the way down to the images! When you present high quality images, you entice high quality patrons. (Keep in mind to cowl your license plate in any images!)

Craigslist car ad

One different robust advice I heard was to take a photograph of the keys, authentic manuals, car historical past report, title and all restore paperwork. (take a look at the pic under) This would possibly appear to be a ineffective photograph to take, however exhibiting an automotive purchaser that you simply maintain data neat and tidy goes a great distance! It additionally makes you stand out in opposition to the opposite advertisements on the market!

car manual, repair reciepts

Do you know Craigslist costs you $5 to put up Autos on the market now? When did that begin!? I assume it’s in an effort to attenuate the quantity of fraudulent advertisements and customers… However, it didn’t cease me getting plenty of scammer responses. About 5 minutes after I posted on-line, I began getting emails from individuals with lowball provides or asking for the VIN quantity with out rationalization.

Then lastly, after 2 days we have been contacted by patrons who needed to take a look at the automotive.

COVID, Cleanliness, & Craigslist

In all probability the factor I used to be most nervous about was letting strangers contact and drive the automotive. My spouse and I agreed to fulfill the potential purchaser, but when we obtained bizarre emotions at any level we might simply politely excuse ourselves. We introduced disinfectant wipes and a bunch of hand sanitizer to the meet-up.

After greeting them and having a 5-10 minute chat (social-distanced in fact), they sounded legitimately . They took the automotive for a fast check drive, and provided us $7,700 money as quickly as they returned. My spouse and I have been pleased with this, so we accepted immediately. Finished deal.

As a lot as I needed to rub the 77 hundred greenback payments throughout my face, I refrained. We washed our fingers and disinfected every thing once we obtained house. πŸ™‚

Why are individuals shopping for automobiles proper now?

This complete course of was shockingly simple. I had simply assumed no one could be shopping for automobiles proper now. However there ARE individuals on the market searching for used automobiles …

The couple we offered the KIA to moved to LA from New York a number of years again. They’ve lived with no automotive for the previous few years – they work near house and have been in a position to Uber nearly in every single place they should go.

However now with COVID, they don’t really feel snug utilizing Uber or public transportation. Since they’re each working from house and cramped in a small condominium, they needed a small used automotive merely for weekend use. They wish to drive up the Pacific Coast Freeway and go to the northern distant seashores. Tenting, mountaineering, and simply being open air and having fun with Southern California.

The man who purchased it admitted he is aware of he’s going to lose cash proudly owning a automotive. However I assume it’s higher than dropping your thoughts caught at your home all 12 months?


  • Wifey and I offered our spare automotive on craigslist for $7,700.
  • Ought to have accomplished this years in the past, we’re idiots.
  • Was costing us $159 to maintain within the storage – automobiles are a cash pit!
  • KBB has on the spot provides now (they appear low), and craigslist isn’t free anymore, they cost $5 to checklist a motorized vehicle now πŸ™
  • When you’re promoting a automotive on-line, embrace a pleasant photograph of the keys/manuals/paperwork. Good images entice good patrons!
  • Folks ARE nonetheless shopping for used automobiles apparently, no matter pandemic scorching spots.

Subsequent up, simply gotta go to the financial institution and switch this $$ to our brokerage account! VTI all the way in which πŸ™‚  Feels good to verify one other 2020 aim off the checklist and switch a depreciating asset into an appreciating one! 

What about you? Are you driving much less and/or Uber-ing much less? Eager about eliminating your automotive?